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  1. #811
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    Still lookin’ for the first snow


    Zero wind
    Zero precip

    Its 5am and 8°F

    The moon is a sliver, but the heavens are aglow with a thousand glistening beings


    Rays of the morning sun will be most welcome



    Keepin’ a fire
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Are you ready for that first snow, Gary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    Heh, that's as true as it is funny
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Are you ready for that first snow, Gary?

    Aside from turning the yard tools (leaning against the shop) business end up (to avoid getting stuck in the ice),



    and tarping the wheelbarrows, and mothballing the truck, pretty much ready.

    That's the truck, winter before last;


    It’s always a bit of a mystery, but after a couple winters with 5 foot accumulation, one gets to know what needs done to have a good chance of getting thru unscathed.

    There’s always winds, trees falling, and ice.

    Snows (since last winter we didn’t get more than 6 or 8 inches accumed) are part of the unknown.

    Whatever happens, we should have heat, food, water, and shelter.

    I didn’t fire up the little propane heater in the well house night before last, and got caught.



    It doesn’t take much heat to keep things unfrozen, but get lax and thawing out a pump is fodder for great anxiety, and cursing….much much cursing.
    Took the morning to get water flowing.

    A prayer of thanks, and one for forgiveness ensued.

    This little heater just plain rocks.


    It doesn't blow the place out, but provides just enough warmth to keep things thawed, and is quite stingy on the propane.
    Very worth the extra bucks. The savings on fuel paid for itself last winter
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Preparation is "year round"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    Preparation is "year round"!
    Meanie, you've got a bottomless font of pertinent funnies.

    Glad you park some here.


    it's 0.5°F @ 5 this morn

    I'm thinking my day will start round 10 or 11

    as for no snow

    no worry

    it can wait


    (I so love cut/paste)
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    I'd be worried that some bozo on top would get too close to the edge and start a avalanche with me down below.

    Mt. Lassen, Calif..jpg

    Yokoso, Japan.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKE View Post
    I'd be worried that some bozo on top would get too close to the edge and start a avalanche with me down below.

    Mt. Lassen, Calif..jpg

    Yokoso, Japan.jpg
    lordy, Crater Lake can look like that from time to time (15 mi due west of us)
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    When living on the left side of the Cascade Range, snuggled deep into the Willamette (well-I’m-wet) valley, I used to scoff at the term ‘wind chill’.
    Thought anybody considering a little wind was a pansy.

    Heh, after a few winters here, my tack has changed a bit.
    Anything under 20° F, a slight breeze will cut yer face off.

    It got down to -37° F one winter.
    Then the winds came.

    Life…and keeping it, became interesting.

    The valley gets more than its share of rain.

    We get more than our share of sun…and snow.

    It’s a bit of a tradeoff.
    So far, I think I have the better deal.

    out the cabin window where I sit (winter before last);
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    oh, man...I'm grabbin' that and sending it throughout our region....tellin' everbody "LOOK OUT! HERE I COME!"
    especially to the ol' guy with the D9 crawler...heh heh
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Store bought for the lady in your life.



    Homemade for the frugal shopper.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IKE View Post


    Store bought for the lady in your life.



    Homemade for the frugal shopper.

    well now.....I've got some shoppin' (or makin') ta do
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Woke up to our first "snow". After all the horror-deep-snow pics, I feel funny even mentioning it. Looked out the winder, and gazed upon a "powdered sugared waffle" landscape.......maybe it was the frightful Grizleey Bear waffles we had the day before??? 30 degrees, just enough glaze, all compounded by a strong wind! I'm with you, Gary, on the "Wind-Kill Factor"! Gotta put the hose away and go buy "Ice-melt" at Low-down Lowes.....Brrrr

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